Tourism industry Aotearoa says wage subsidies must continue during COVID-19 alert level 2
The Aotearoa tourism industry is calling for wage subsidies to continue if Auckland’s borders remain closed next week, even if the city goes to COVID-19 alert level 2.
“For tourism businesses in Auckland and the country, the restriction of the limits will have the same impact as Auckland remaining at Alert Level 3,” said TIA Managing Director Chris Roberts.
With New Zealand’s international borders closed, 42% of the total visitor market is unavailable. Aucklanders provides an additional 20% of total visitor spending across New Zealand – and neither is it available until its borders are closed due to the recent Delta outbreak.
“So while the borders are closed, including Auckland’s, the market for available visitors is about a third of what it used to be. It’s hard to survive when two-thirds of the clientele are gone,” he said. said Roberts.
Auckland at Level 2 with a closed limit means that Auckland tourism businesses will have no visitors from the rest of New Zealand, and similarly tourism businesses outside of Auckland will have no visitors from Auckland.
Many tourism companies were hoping for an increase in activity during the October school holidays, but the association says booking levels are generally not encouraging.